Overview of projects concerning Making places and shaping destinations:

Smart Assessment Sustainable Tourist Destinations (SASTDes)

Project SASTDes aims to resolve key issues in the sustainability assessment process of tourism destinations, with the objective to reduce the costs of assessments both in time and money, and to use the results of assessments for destination branding and marketing. Core research question: ‘How can sustainability assessments effectively and efficiently contribute to the sustainable development of tourism destinations and tourism products?’

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This research is co-funded by the Taskforce for Applied Research (SIA), part of the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO)  

Health region development

Health region development from the perspective of system theory – An empirical cross-regional case study

We apply Luhmann's system theory approach in the context of a cross-regional case study that compares health region developments in the Autonomous Province of Bolzano – South Tyrol (Italy) with particular regard to the Eastern Dolomites and in the province of Zeeland (the Netherlands).


  • NHTV Academie voor toerisme
  • Institute for Regional Development and Location Management, European Academy of Bozen-Bolzano (EURAC Research), Italy
  • Chair in Tourism, Catholic University of Eichstätt-Ingolstadt, Germany
  • CELLO, Universiteit Antwerpen, Belgium

Research on the relationship between sustainability and authenticity in tourism

Vicos  Andean mountains Peru and Ylläs Finnish Lapland
What is the relationship between sustainability and authenticity in tourism? This research started with a literature review on the discourses on these two topics. This resulted in a hypothesis that tourism is all about authenticity, and that sustainability is a powerful tool to preserve that authentic image of other parts of the world.      


  • NHTV Academie voor toerisme
  • Groningen University, Arctic Research Centre Groningen
  • NHTV Academy for Digital Entertainment

Mothering in between homo-normativity and homophobia in neoliberal Europe

Amsterdam, Den Haag and Rotterdam
A narrative approach to sexual (social) identity formation, negotiation and management and re-negotiation of private/public boundaries through life storytelling – Case Studies in The Netherlands.



  • NHTV Academy for Digital Entertainment

Events as a means for creating social cohesion in the network society

Breda, Tilburg, Arcen, Haarzuilens
The aim of this PhD project is to describe and explain how new communities – as crucial building blocks for promoting social cohesion - emerge and are maintained in contemporary society.


  • NHTV Academy for Leisure

Jeroen Bosch 500 PROJECT

Den Bosch
Research for the 500th anniversary programme around the death of painter Jeroen Bosch in the city of his birth. This included an assessment of the views of different stakeholders on the development of the programme and the role of Jeroen Bosch as a figurehead for the city. 


  • NHTV Academy for Leisure
  • City of Den Bosch, Foundation JB500

Strategies for Sustainable Festivals

In 2014 a platform to stimulate and exchange knowledge on green events was formed: Green Events Nederland. This is one of the key partners of this research, bringing in the participation of 8 large Dutch festivals, forerunners on sustainability, among others. Green Events Nederland together with those 8 festivals made a Green Deal with the government of the Netherlands. This Green Deal aims at reducing waste at the involved festivals in the short-run.


  • NHTV Academy for Leisure
  • Green events and Leeuwarden 2018 Cultural Capital 
  • In cooperation with Stenden, University of Applied Sciences

Smart City Hospitality

Amsterdam, Belgrade Darmstadt Goteborg, Stavanger, Valencia
Urban tourism contributes to (local) economic prosperity, but also creates negative consequences such as CO2 emissions and pollution, overcrowding, traffic jams, noise and touristification of the city, thereby harming liveability for both residents and tourists. This project introduces the Smart City Hospitality concept, consisting of guidelines and tools, that can support cities to make the transition towards environmentally and socially responsible tourism that simultaneously contributes to long-term (economic) prosperity.


  • NHTV Academy of Hotel and Facility Management
  • NWO as part of a Horizon 2020 JPI Urban Europe project
  • DMOs/municipalities of Amsterdam, Belgrade Darmstadt Goteborg, Stavanger, Valencia
  • In cooperation with CELTH (also Stenden University and Hogeschool Zeeland)

Managing visitor pressure in urban tourism

Amsterdam, Barcelona, Berlin,  Copenhagen, Lisbon, Munich
In order to deal with the pressures of tourist visitation and resident complaints, it is necessary to develop urban tourism sustainably by finding new and better ways of managing the increasing pressure due to tourism developments in cities. The goal in this research project is to find solutions that will relief tourist visitor pressure to allow for a sustainable development of urban tourism in Western European cities.


  •  NHTV Academy of Hotel and Facility Management
  • DMOs of Amsterdam, Barcelona, Berlin,  Copenhagen, Lisbon, Munich  
  • In cooperation with CELTH and Stenden University 

Retrofitting the sprawled city

Calgary, Kelowna, Edmonton
This project revolves around the exploration of land use, urban design and mobility and their mutual relationships in the international context. Physical and functional differences between European and Northern American cities will be explored and their impact on live ability and accessibility will be discussed. Topics include amongst others:  social cohesion, inclusive design, multimodal accessibility, active transportation, health and quality of public space.


  • NHTV Academie voor stedenbouw, logistiek en mobiliteit
  • Safer Calgary
  • CLMC (Calgary Municipal Land Corporation) 
  • Active Neighborhoods